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Heraklion Archaeological Museum

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Address: Xanthoudidou 1 | Xanthoudidou 1 & Bofor, Heraklion, Crete 712 02, Greece
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Phone Number: +30 281 027 9000
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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A museum delineating the history of the island Crete, complete with...

A museum delineating the history of the island Crete, complete with artifacts belonging to the ancient civilizations that once populated the island.

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By far one of the best archeological museums I've ever visited: very knowledgeable guides and the permanent collection is stunning. Must-see for all first-time visitors of... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Schweich, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
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Schweich, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

By far one of the best archeological museums I've ever visited: very knowledgeable guides and the permanent collection is stunning. Must-see for all first-time visitors of Heraklion. This was my second visit after 4 years, and things have improved substantially.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Went to this museum in the off-season for a university trip. When we went parts of the museum were closed but what we saw was absolutely fantastic. The museum is set out in such a way that you follow the timeline of the finds but you can also find rooms on set types of artifacts. Must see if in Heraklion

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent a whole morning and could easily have spent more time going round. The cafe is great and you can sit outside

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were extremely impressed with this museum & spent the entire afternoon there. The exhibits were very well displayed and the museum was bright and airy. The story of the Minoan civilization was well told, with wonderful examples of pottery, frescoes, jewellery etc. They really made the ancient civilization come to life. A definite "don't miss" attraction. We were glad... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you are passionate or curious about Minoan art and culture this place is a MUST! They have the most extensive collection of Minoan art and artifacts. Great labeling and info provided. If you are going to Knossos or other sites, go here first to learn!!! We spent 3 hours and only got part way through, so much to see... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This museum really pulls you in - from the famous frescoes to mosaics and pottery - easy to spend a few hours here! Do not photograph the mosaics on the floor they are have not been published. If you're not sure - ASK. There's a cafe on ground floor - but took own food so not sure what food or... More 

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Sevilla La Nueva, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Must see that museum before you go to Knossos.The finds are quiet well-displayed and informative.The ancient frescoes were very interesting.We visited the museum by ourselves,but a guided tour would have been better.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent a better part of the morning visiting this museum. There is quite a lot to see here. You need 2-3 hours to see it all. Very informative. We enjoyed it.

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is a must see when visiting Heraklion. Unfortunately, its modern, nondescript, yellow exterior makes in appear not all that impressive. Also, its interior, fenced, tree-shaded courtyard with a small fountain is a welcome retreat from city traffic, but it looks to need better plantings. Therefore the state-of-the-art displays of Crete's foremost antiquities inside is quite unexpected. This is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

For a chance to see some amazing, iconic images from 5ooo year ago! Visit this the same day you visit Knossos to get a great perspective.

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